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The Torch – February 8, 2024

The Torch Offical Publication of Green Builder Coalition

2024 Next Generation Water Summit: “Solutions in a Changing World” Returns June 20-21

The 7th edition of the Next Generation Water Summit (NGWS) will take place June 20 – 21, 2024 in Santa Fe, NM. The annual event will once again be offered in a hybrid format, with both in-person and virtual attendance options. The 2024 theme is “Solutions in a Changing World.”

Next Generation Water Summit logoRegistration is open now. Early bird pricing is $199 for in-person and $79 for virtual attendance.

“The NGWS offers introductory and well as advanced educational sessions and continuing education credits,” said Christine Chavez, Water Conservation Manager for the City of Santa Fe. “This is critical in these times when management of changing water resources has enormous impact on the livability of our cities and towns.”

For the first time in its history, the NGWS will have a new venue. The New Mexico state capital building, known as “The Roundhouse,” will host the educational sessions on both Thursday and Friday. The NGWS focuses on both regional and national water challenges, and is historically known for holding 2-3 concurrent session tracks after each day’s opening keynote.

Confirmed sessions include:

  • “Panel: Educating the Next Generation”
  • “Black Water to Potable: The Next Big Push”
  • “Water Savings with the Water Demand Calculator”
  • “Why WERS? Why Now?”

All registrants (in-person or virtual) will be able to attend live and on-demand sessions, and network with fellow attendees from around the world. To register and/or for more information on the Summit, please go to

Hosts of the Next Generation Water Summit are the Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce; Green Builder® Coalition; City of Santa Fe; KUELwater and the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association. The national media partner is Green Builder® Media and the education partner is Triconic.

About the Next Generation Water Summit
The Next Generation Water Summit brings together the building and development community, water reuse professionals and water policymakers in a collaborative setting to share best practices and learn about innovative water conservation and water reuse techniques that can be used to comply with water conservation restrictions spreading across the southwest.

Ingrid Mattsson Rejoins the Green Builder® Coalition Board

Ingrid Mattsson was recently elected by Green Builder® Coalition Members to a 3-year term to the organization’s Board of Directors. Mattsson joins Steve Byers and Deirdre Irwin in providing Coalition staff with insight and advisement. Bill Lazar now moves into the Ex-Officio role and a new Board Chair will be determined soon.

Ingrid Mattsson“Ingrid is such a positive and thoughtful person, and I’m so glad she is available for us,” Executive Director Mike Collignon said. “She also believes very strongly in our mission, as evidenced by her membership since the organization’s inception.”

Ingrid Mattsson was the director of Brand and Sustainability at Uponor North America, where she co-founded the company’s sustainability team and helped to guide strategic planning with a triple-bottom-line approach. During her career at Uponor, Mattsson was caretaker and gatekeeper for most things brand- and sustainability-related at the company. She is also on the board of Slipstream, a national leader in the design and implementation of energy efficiency innovation and renewable energy programs. She is also a Full Voice Coach and sings in the band, 5-Speed Custom.

“I am so thankful for this opportunity and the support of the Membership,” said Mattsson. “I have always admired the commitment of The Coalition with regards to their work in support of energy and water efficiency and I’m excited to have a seat on the Board once again.”

Mattsson takes the spot vacated by Bill Lazar, whose term ends after 3 years. That was his 2nd Board term, and his first as Board Chair. Lazar continues to advocate for affordable housing through his award-winning work with the St. Johns Housing Partnership.

“Bill has been there for us time and time again, and I’m glad he will continue to be involved as our Ex-Officio,” Collignon stated.

Mattsson’s Board term will expire in October 2026.

Green Builder® Coalition Unveils New Membership Dues Structure

As of January 1, 2024, the Green Builder® Coalition is utilizing a new annual dues structure. The Membership classifications of Charter, Sustaining and Student Members remain unchanged, but Members can now choose their own dues amount. The table below more clearly explains this new format:

Member level Dues Amount
Charter $51 and up
Sustaining $1 – $50
Student* $1 – $25
*not Board eligible

There will be no reduction in Member benefits, which include “The Punch List”, advocacy and technical assistance, and discounted registration to the Next Generation Water Summit. The Coalition will also continue to operate and manage the WERS Program. This change is intended to make Coalition Membership more affordable to new and existing Members (if needed), while also allowing Members to increase their generosity if they so choose.

The dues restructuring does not affect our Verifier Members. They will still receive a Sustaining Membership with their annual WERS Verifier Licensing Fee.

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